The Best Bean and Ham Soup


Legume fans who enjoy 7-bean soup will love this extra beany version made with a dried 15-bean mix. I make this hearty soup using the ham bone from our Easter spiral ham and serve it with corn muffins and fresh fruit. It makes a huge pot of soup, so invite some friends over or just freeze several portions for later use. Remember to soak the beans the night before you make the soup.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
9 hrs 35 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
18 hrs


  • 1 (20 ounce) package 15-bean soup mix (seasoning packet not used)

  • 2 ½ cups cubed ham

  • 1 ham bone

  • 5 large carrots, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 3 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can low-sodium vegetable juice

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 large bay leaves

  • 7 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Place beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain beans and transfer to a large pot. Fill with enough water to cover by about 1 inch; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain.

  3. Add ham, ham bone, carrots, celery, onion, and undrained diced tomatoes to the pot. Stir in vegetable broth, vegetable juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, chili powder, parsley, pepper, and bay leaves. Pour in enough chicken broth to cover ingredients and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally and adding more chicken broth as needed, for about 8 hours.

  4. Remove and discard ham bone and season soup with salt. Continue to simmer for 1 to 2 hours. Remove bay leaves before serving.

    close up view of The Best Bean and Ham Soup in a bowl with a slice of bread on the side
    Thomas Westman

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
4g Fat
38g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1105mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 15g 53%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 27mg 137%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 1143mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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